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Morals

The First Vatican Council pronounced that the pope, in or out of council, would be protected by God with the gift of infallibility whenever he should define a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals. Matters of Faith can only involve religious propositions and the matter of those propositions are true or false judgments. A moral definition would involve a proposition that is right or wrong, rather than true or false. The difference between the two involves the end being sought. A doctrinal pronouncement defines a religious truth, which is the object of the intellect. A moral pronouncement defines a good, which is the object of the will. One could say that Faith engages intellectual belief, morals engage voluntary action.

A moral act is a human act performed with knowledge and free will. Every consciously deliberate action is a moral act, and each one is either morally good or morally evil. If it leads us to our final end, eternal salvation, it is a morally good act. If it takes us away from salvation, it is a morally evil act, a sin. Morals, therefore, pertain to human conduct.

Articles in this section treat of a wide variety of issues that, immediately, proximately, or remotely, deal with the morality of human acts, whether individually or as a society.

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The Deliquescent Hermeneutic of Moral Mensheviks

Today’s neo-conservatives in the Church — also called “neo-Catholics” — are the doctrinal, moral, and theological equivalent of Russia’s revolutionary Mensheviks. As Solzhenitsyn often said, Mensheviks prepare the field for Bolsheviks (as did the Girondins for the Jacobins). Dr. Jeffrey Mirus is one such. He has recently declared that there is room for considering what he calls “the Kasper Proposal,” because it is not, after all, a … More →


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Review of Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior is Changing Everything

Review of Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior is Changing Everything. Robert Reilly. Ignatius Press, 2014. Robert Reilly has tackled head-on the drastic change in our society ongoing for the past several years; in fact, one could say that he has collided with this issue by exposing the rationale of its leaders in collusion with the current national administration, pushing the “gay” agenda to … More →


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The Failure of US Bishops to Stop Abortion

Mark Gallagher, Crisis Magazine: The bishops have continued on their failed course for forty years, with fateful, disastrous results. If the bishops would change course, the legal killing, now at 56 million, could be stopped. The bishops need to teach that: (a) Legislators have the compelling moral responsibility to pursue the Common Good, protecting the human life and respecting the human dignity of every person created … More →

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Revolutionary Doctrines on the Family

Much is being said about the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops just completed. Typically for such an event, ecclesiastical politics of the worst sort were on display, as can be seen from the excellent reportage of Sandro Magister and Rorate Caeli. In this respect, we have just witnessed a repeat performance of the kind of procedural manipulation very well documented to have taken place at Vatican … More →


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Poll: Non-Practicing Catholics Less Catholic Than Non-Catholics

It was conducted by St. Leo College in Florida. Phil Lawler has a commentary on Catholic Culture website. Lawler: The Catholic Church does not settle doctrinal questions by majority vote. And since surveys of Catholic opinion usually record the answers of any respondents who identify themselves as Catholics, we don’t have many reliable indications of what faithful, practicing Catholics think, anyway. Nevertheless, sometimes a poll … More →


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The Mid-Term Report of the October 2014 Synod of Bishops in Rome: Reasons for a Catholic Resistance

“As the Rascals always say: ‘If you can’t pass the test, change the test!’ But it’s hard to pass the test when the test itself keeps changing (or evolving!).” (The Famous Words of a Living Virginian) On the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, October 13, the Synod of Bishops released a mid-term report of the Synod meeting in Rome which has incited the resistance … More →

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The Ecumenism of Matrimony, ‘Graduality,’ and Sacraments of the Perfect

Reading Vatican Insider today, the thought struck me that they may have contracted with the editorial staff of The Onion for their coverage of the Synod on the Family. But this is no joke. The quotes below are attributed to Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi: During yesterday afternoon’s session, “it was underlined that even imperfect situations must be considered with respect: for instance, de facto unions in … More →

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Synod Update: Well Then Let’s ‘Get Real’. Teach the Truth Now

Catholic News Service:  In their discussions of sexual and medical ethics, participants at the Synod of Bishops on the family are giving emphasis to the concept of “graduality,” as a way of thinking about morality that allows for human imperfection without compromising ideals. In an address to the assembly on its first working day, Oct. 6, Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, said that “Humanae … More →

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Rand Paul ‘Not Opposed’ to Abortifacient Pill

LifeSiteNews: Rand Paul has said he had no objection to using the morning after pill as a form of “birth control.” The junior U.S. senator from Kentucky and likely 2016 presidential hopeful responded to a question on the topic yesterday at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. A woman asked, “If life starts at conception, should medicine that prevents conception like Plan B be … More →

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VP Flatters Radical Nuns, Playing the ‘Catholic’ Card

Biden applauds rebellious nuns for their devotion to “the poor and health care.” The coward would not even bring up the real issues of “abortion” and same-sex “marriage.” No, he prefers to dissimulate and make it look like the Vatican is opposed to “the poor” and “women’s health.” What could be more “unhealthy” for a pre-born child than to be dismembered and have his brains suctioned … More →

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Let us Remember the Little Ones – Amidst the Devastation of Divorce

In the recent months, Pope Francis has stated repeatedly that one should have more mercy with those Catholics who are divorced and remarried civilly. In the context of the current discussion within the Church about Divorce, and how to deal with those Catholics who are remarried outside of the Catholic Church, what strikes me is how little explicit attention is given to the Little Ones, … More →


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Suicide

Though it’s a horror from which Catholics may recoil, it is a fact that since 2001, the year our continuing war in Afghanistan was begun, more U.S. military personnel have committed suicide than have been killed in action in that country and Iraq combined. Apart from age and occupational groups where it has been on the rise for some time, suicide is also now the … More →

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Modesty in Dress

Traditional, Family, and Property, Luiz Sergio Solimeo: “I love vulgarity. Good taste is death, vulgarity is life.”These words by English fashion designer Mary Quant, who took credit for inventing the miniskirt and hot pants, reveal one of the most important, though rarely pointed out, aspects of the “fashion revolution” that started in the sixties: vulgarity.Indeed, fashions have increasingly tended toward vulgarity. It is a vulgarity … More →

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McDonalds Most Active Sponsor of Filthy TV Programs

The McDonalds mega-chain has topped the list of companies most apt to sponsor sexually-graphic television shows, according to the Parents Television Council. “The companies on our lists are the worst offenders in each category, and McDonalds, YUM! Brands, and Toyota Motor Sales Inc., in particular have been the top contributors to the most explicit broadcast TV shows,” Tim Winter, the pro-family group’s president, said in … More →

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Catholic and Patriotic

Patriotism is a great virtue. To be a patriot is to love one’s fatherland. This means that it is to love the land of the people that sired you. Patriotism is a natural overflow of the virtue of piety — that is, the virtue of the home. As piety would have us rendering what is due in justice to parents and other family members, patriotism … More →


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